What is it?
An unknown quantity. With some cars you know what you’re going to get. With the limited-run Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce, I’m not so sure.
The past couple of new Lamborghinis we’ve driven have left our flabbers slightly unghasted. The Aventador is stupidly fast but can feel clumsy, while the smaller, cheaper Huracán is also absurdly quick at the money, but in making it easy to drive, Lamborghini has also left it a touch one-dimensional. In some ways, both feel a bit ‘not for us’.
But, says Lamborghini, this is a Superveloce. And this is different. There have only been three SVs in Lamborghini’s history before now, and in Miura, Diablo and Murciélago forms they’ve respectively developed 385, 530 and 670 metric horsepower. Plenty at the time, but nothing to the 750 indicated by the name of the Aventador. Seven-fifty foreign nags is 740bhp, here developed by a 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine that revs to 8500rpm. Not for Lamborghini forced induction - just a whopping, easier-breathing engine in the middle of the car, with a new exhaust and a raised rev limit over the standard V12. It also makes 509lb ft at 5500rpm. In ‘regular’ Aventador form, it’s one of the world’s great powerplants. Here it should be even better.
Again it’s mated to a single-clutch automated manual gearbox with, we’re promised, an improved shift calibration, but more significant still is the fact that the SV is an impressive 50kg lighter than the regular Aventador. There are new door skins and a couple of lighter carbonfibre panels, clad over the carbonfibre monocoque, but you suspect the real weight saving comes in the stripped-out interior. Lamborghini quotes a dry weight of 1525kg, which you could probably make closer to 1700kg by the time it sits at the kerb.
What else? A big rear wing that gives serious downforce. Magnetorheological adaptive dampers are standard on the SV, as is dyamic steering – which changes ratio depending on road speed and a host of other factors like how much of a ‘bung’ you give the car on the way into a corner. We don’t like the system much on the Huracán, but Lamborghini engineers tell us it is improved here. Oh, and the price is up from around £260,000 to a whisker over £320,000. There will only be 600 of them.